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Horsetail : Therapeutic Benefits
« on: April 19, 2010, 07:11:27 PM »
Horsetail contains significant amounts of silica and smaller amounts of calcium. Both silica and calcium are components of bones, joints, and connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments. It also contains potassium, aluminum, and manganese, along with variety of flavonoids. These flavonoids, as well as other substances found in horse tail, are what appear to provide this herb with strong diuretic effects that promote the loss of water from the body.

Internal use
It is used internally for the treatment of prostate problems, urinary tract infection, kidney stones, incontinence, cystitis and urethritis, as well as arthritis and hemorrhage.
It is high in silica, which is helpful for repairing connective tissue and cartilage, as well as healing wounds.

External use
Horsetail is used externally to boost the skin and nails and also helps with hemorrhage.
A compress made from this herb is also useful in treating wounds.
Horsetail has traditionally been used as a diuretic, haemostatic and remineralizer.
Preparation and Dosage

A tea is prepared by pouring boiled water over 2 to 3 grams of horsetail herb, boiling for five minutes, and then straining after 10 to 15 minutes. Drink during the day between meals. An infusion for internal use is made by adding 1.5 grams of horsetail herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 30 to 40 minutes.

Internal: 6 g daily (recommendation by the German Commission E monograph)
Herbal infusion: 4 oz three times daily
Tincture (1:5): 1 to 4 mL three times daily
External (compresses): 10 g of herb per 1 liter of water daily

Prolonged use of even the safe form of horsetail (E. arvense) is also not advised.
People with heart or kidney disorders, diabetes, or gout should not use horsetail.
Do not drink alcohol regularly while taking horsetail, because horsetail may cause levels of thiamin to drop.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take horsetail.

« Last Edit: April 19, 2010, 08:47:40 PM by ruben »

Horsetail : Therapeutic Benefits
« on: April 19, 2010, 07:11:27 PM »
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